Children’s Twin Lakes Clinic: Occupational Therapy Volunteer Assistant

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Contributed by Caitlyn Bistodeau, Children’s volunteer (pictured with Katie Gehrz, OT):

“As a volunteer at Children’s-Roseville, I have a slightly different experience than when I volunteered at Children’s-St. Paul. On Tuesday mornings, I get to spend time with two awesome occupational therapists, Katie [Gehrz] and Kathy [Engebretson], and their incredible clients.  Before meeting with clients, I help pick out activities, equipment, and toys that will be used in their therapy sessions. During sessions, I observe, play with clients, and assist Katie or Kathy to make each session fun, safe, and effective for the client and his/her family.

Katie and Kathy both have a wealth of knowledge and experience that I hope to glean from during my time serving them. They are teaching me valuable information about Occupational Therapy that is helping me in my current studies and will help me in my future schooling. I’m currently working toward a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with minors in Special Education and Bible at Northwestern College. My passion, though, lies in Occupational Therapy, in which I desire to get my master’s degree after I complete my undergraduate studies.

It’s not hard to say that volunteering at Children’s-Roseville is one of the highlights of my week. The therapists and clients are a joy to work with, and I’m gaining hands-on experience in a field that I’m passionate about. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to wear the ‘Red Vest’ and serve at Children’s-Roseville.”

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